17 02 2021

Limbach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Quite a few years ago, and mindful of the fact that he liked to play Mannheim Steamroller as bumper music during Christmas, Rush revealed the fact that his patrilineal ancestral village was near Mannheim, named Limbach. Obviously, that was their original last name, and they Anglicized it when they migrated to the Pennsylvania Dutch region at first, and then to southeast Missouri.

Wikipedia lists five different towns named Limbach in modern day Germany, and the Michelin Road Atlas index lists twelve of them. But the one in particular, I’ve seen. It was on the Great 2018 Summer Voyage. You head east out of Heidelberg along a road that runs along the north bank of the meandering Neckar River, for about an hour. Then you turn left on this country road and head up and away from the river for maybe about ten minutes, and you’re there. Plain words, you’ve got to be going there to get there, you don’t land there by accident.

And now I think that a lot of people are going to hear about this town, and, at least when it’s feasible to do international travel again, a lot of conservative Americans will do a pilgrimage there. For those of you who will eventually do that, I should say there’s not much there, so you’ll probably want to stage your accommodations in Heidelberg (one of the most underrated cities in Germany, IMHO — Do the Philosophers’ Walk if you have a brain), or Mannheim if you’re feeling ironic.

30-Jahre Wiedervereinigung

1 10 2020



Because of the virus hysteria, the official functions and events have been spread out over a month and over many places.  The actual day and place therefore will have a much lower key observance, compared to what it would have been but for the hysteria.  However, I’ve got an “in,” which in turn also means that five other people have an “in.”  So we’re rolling six deep on a train to Berlin later today.  Train instead of driving, because we don’t want to risk an accident, with Frau. being in the state that she’s in.  No way any one of us would have tolerated a pregnant woman now in her third trimester on the A2 mad house meat grinder between Dortmund and Berlin.  So we’ll outsource our worrying to Deutsche Bahn, you know, because Germany and Europe is yours.

I’ve already gone over the relevant history in this space two years ago.

And of course I was in Berlin back on November 9 for the 30th anniversary of Mauerfall, the falling of the wall, or the start of the process which resulted in that.

Wieder = Again. Verein = Club, team, association, organization, society (generally concrete sense). The suffix -igung is the equivalent of -ization or -ification in English. So, put it all together, you have Again-Club-Ification, literally translating the parts. Or, Reunification, in proper context.

Whence Q

20 09 2020


The cover of this week’s issue:

“How a weird lie became the most dangerous movement of our time,” to translate the subheadline.

I’m going to give the editorial staff a wooden nickel’s worth of free advice:

That guy named Claas might not be telling you the tru….er, scratch that, they already know that one.

Really, here’s the lay of the land:

The more you telegraph and confess the notion that this Q business irks you, the more people are going to do it for that reason alone.  Because that’s really what most of Q is, people knowing they can live mietenfrei inside the heads of the kind of people it bothers, just to “zomg own the libs lol.”

Far from being a “gefährlich Bewegung,” when narrowing the focus to the true believers in Q, the main problem with this Q business isn’t that it’s gefährlich, it’s that it’s entschärfung.  As Gregory Hood illustrated last month.

Note: I don’t think there is an actual QAnon individual. More than that, I think the genesis of this whole Q business is that a little while back, one or more bored troll(s) who are aware of the nature of the internet and the nature of the ecosystems of certain political sectors, cooked up this Q business and the fundamental theories of the current movement out of thin air, wound it up and let it loose, hit upload, and bam goddamn this is a dope jam, off the the races.

(And also, entschärfung = defusing, neutralizing.)

“Kein 2015”

16 09 2020


The official edict came down today, and you can probably guess what it was.

The German political and media establishment are constantly parroting “Kein 2015” (“No 2015”) or some longer equivalents.

Of course it’s not going to be 2015.  Remember that Johnny Cash song for the 87,000th time?  The way it’s going to be different this time is that they’re going to let only a few in at a time, drip drip drip, salami slicing, instead of one big massive wave, so as not to risk a massive political backlash, or so they believe.

Ironically, some of the same people who are saying today that this isn’t going to be 2015 are to this day defending 2015, if they actually didn’t help make 2015 happen.

First Draft

31 08 2020


Today is the five year anniversary of Angela Merkel saying “Wir schaffen das.”

What most people don’t know is that that was the fourth and final draft.

The first draft used “Weil ich das sage.”

The second draft used “Halt die Klappe, und zahlt deine Steuern.”

The third draft used “Wenn Sie anderer Meinung sind, schicken wir Antifa, um Ihr Auto in Brand zu setzen.”

Ffm-Hbf Update

28 08 2020


To this.

A long time since there has been any news, and we were all fearing that the Eritrean “Successful Model of Integration” (TM) and his “mental issues” would screw up any prosecution.

Thankfully, that didn’t happen.  Criminally guilty, and will have to spend the rest of his life in a nut house.

“Islamic-Motivated Accident”

20 08 2020


I don’t know how big the news of what happened yesterday was back in The Good Ole, but, for my part, all I need to do is cut and paste my two comments to AR’s thread about it yesterday.


The tactic is euphemistically called Islamisch Motivierter Unfall (“Islamic-motivated accidents”). And they’re not really accidents, as should be obvious. This Iraqi isn’t the first to do it, but his is the first such that the authorities are able to see as plain as day that it’s a cluster, not a coincidence.

The open borders politicians that run Berlin have been spending all day clutching their pearls and pretending to be outraged and pretending that they have no idea how this could be happening, all for the cameras.

Note: A few days ago, the Interior Minister (think: a combination of police chief and attorney general) of the state of North Rhine Westphalia, the state in which I live, had a press conference about the big spike in what is euphemistically called (translated): “Clan criminality,” in the state. Which is to say, the kinds of crimes that inbred families tend to commit. In nearly all of the printed versions of this story in German mainstream media, I did the Ctrl+F thing for “einwand” or “migra” or “flücht” — Mostly with zero results.


The evening news cycle has featured increasing use of “psychiat-” root words, so they’re greasing the skids for the crazy excuse.

I think the reason why this admittedly non-fatal act of terrorism in Berlin today is shaking Germany up so much (when you would otherwise and ordinarily not expect it to do so) is because Germans love to drive fast. It’s hitting them where they “live,” so to speak. It would be as if there was an ISIS plot discovered to plant anthrax into the brewing process of the major Munich breweries.

Such as it is, you can’t use the Autobahnen in populated areas of western Germany on Saturdays, because of all the “migration background” people and their wedding parties either driving too fast, or having slow celebratory caravans, or shooting at each other.


Something I Periodically Write About

19 08 2020


This is today’s Google Doodle on both Google Germany and the big Google.

Lothar Meyer, the co-developer of the periodic table of the elements.  Today would have been his 190th birthday.

Born in Oldenburg, died in 1895 in the city where he spent most of his academic career, that being Nicholas-Stix-Stadt, aka Tübingen.

More than two years ago now, when my quasi-uncle and I were mere tourists here, one of the things that struck me, especially in the latter parts, was that so many of the places we visited were somehow important in the development of some hard science, that it would have made more sense to point out the ones that weren’t.  Then I started to wonder how in the world Germany didn’t wind up being a global superpower.  So dominant was Germany in chemistry, physics and engineering that, as late as the 1920s, the Weimar years, if you were anyone in the world who wanted a serious career in these fields, you absolutely had to learn German.  My quasi-uncle, an early Boomer, and a mechanical engineer during his working years, still felt it necessary to do that, even though he already learned it in K-12, and, if you knew what his last name is, you wouldn’t be surprised.

There are lots of things which prevented Germany from popping off as a superpower, but there’s a hint to one in particular from Meyer’s own life.  He was on faculty at what is now the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology when the Franco-Prussian War of 1871 popped off.  That was the third and most serious of wars waged by what would become neighbors of a unified German state against the unifying territory to prevent unification from happening, the previous two were at the hands of Denmark and the AHE.  The obelisk inside the traffic circle about a mile west of the Brandenburg Gate commemorates the Germans beating back all three belligerencies.  An interesting side note is that France’s inability to win in 1871 weakened it domestically such that actual communists set up a commune in Paris at that time, which of course didn’t last long, but was the inspiration for CHAZ/CHOP in Seattle.

Anyway, back to Meyer, he had to put his academic career on hold to care for injured soldiers and civilians in and around Karlsruhe.  There’s one of the big reasons:  Constant warfare and threat of warfare can create superpowers, but it can also prevent them from developing.  Realizing that the lack of actual warfare on this continent post-WWII is an anomaly in is history.  Also proving why those 21 miles are the Longest Yard in the history of civilization.


Events and Parties

23 06 2020


Riot in Stuttgart on Saturday night, because a cop did a patdown of someone looking for dope.

I don’t have to say much more than these tweets.

One non-Stuttgart-related tweet in here for good measure.



10 06 2020


This was big news here starting this past weekend into early this week, but it only seems like now that it has finally become significant enough news back in the Good Ole.

The matter of The Pentagon announcing further troop reductions from this country.

Silent Majority Germans are very happy.  They wish this and then some would have happened by yesterday, make that almost thirty years of yesterdays.  Under their breaths, they’ve been saying for a long time words that translate to, “Take your n*****s and go home, damned Yankees.”

You’d think the generally anti-American political establishment here would also be happy.  If it were me, I wouldn’t want the military of a country in my hate in my own country.

Alas, no.

Not only is there near-universal opposition to this, except from the AfD, even the f’n GREEN PARTY, which never met an official armament it didn’t like, either police or military, is in opposition. One of their senior Bundestag officials came out Monday with the excuse that, (pph and translated): “It wouldn’t be good for Americans.”  Not to mention the lamestream media.

I’m left to conclude that most of the German political and media establishment are nothing more than perpetual adolescents. They hate daddy, they feign wanting independence from daddy, but when the rubber hits the road, they don’t want to go, and admit they need daddy.

Or, to put it more precisely, they want Washington spending more money in such a way that it benefits the German economy, (supposedly, even though not an insignificant number of American military men — And use your imagination to figure out which kind of “Americans” — Wind up on the German dole), which doubly means Berlin doesn’t have to spend that much in the way of its own defense, and as bad of a shape as the Bundeswehr is in, they’re certainly not.

One other factor is that the only reason the Christian Democrats, aka Union, (CDU + CSU), currently the ruling party, even exist as a viable party, is because post-WWII American occupiers created them in American-occupied western Germany.  They are an amalgamation of various pre-Nazi center-right parties, the largest and most successful of which was the Center Party, or Catholic Center Party, which was set up during the Empire to resist Prussian anti-Catholic official bigotry.  Konrad Adenauer, who represented the CDU as the first post-war Chancellor of West Germany from the creation of the Federal Republic in 1949 until 1963, previously represented the Center Party as mayor of Cologne from 1917 to 1933.  So you also have to figure that Union’s opposition to any or further American drawback from Germany is merely a matter of it properly recognizing on which side its bread is buttered.

UPDATE 6/17:  Die Linke is also in support of this, albeit for the wrong reasons.

From Glass Houses

8 06 2020


racism small d energy

Screencap of vid from the George Floyd rally in Mainz on Saturday.

Remember, these people have probably not so well endowed white soyboys as allies.

From the same vid, a bit earlier (click to enlarge):

This might seem very familiar to St. Louisans at first glance. Even though you remember.  This protest is on the Mainz and RP side of the Rhine, the Theodor Heuss Bridge in the background.  The other side of the river is Wiesbaden and Hesse, but unlike Mainz, which is right on the Rhine, Wiesbaden’s heart is a bit inland.

How the German Media Are Covering the Minneapolis and American Unrest

1 06 2020

Your Blogmeister’s German Desk

The “mainstream” German media merely parrot CNN.

The rightist media, i.e. right of the CDU-style lamestream, are far more focused on Antifa than the black undertow, mainly because German Antifa are a long time PITA for that segment of the German political spectrum.

When the White House announced over the weekend the trial balloon of officially classifying Antifa as domestic terrorism, predictably, the German rightist media cheered while the “mainstream” were even more outraged than their American counterparts.  In the case of both the German and American “mainstream,” I think their outrage is entirely a function of the fact that they fear that people with subpoena power will start turning over rocks and discover the strong solid links between Antifa and journalists.

As an aside, unless I’ve missed something, there hasn’t been any Antifa or other violence in support of George Floyd in this country, yet.  However, several black Americans who are playing in the Bundesliga put pro-Floyd messages on their uniforms for their games over the weekend.  Three of them were for teams here in The Region, Dortmund (“BVB”), Schalke (in Gelsenkirchen), and M’gladbach.

Scheiße Trifft Ventilator

21 05 2020


Though I consider it to be a nichtsburger.

The German Anti-Lockdown Protest Movement, Explained

18 05 2020

Your Blogmeister’s German Desk

Alternatively titled:  Oh goody, I get to use even more exceedingly complex German words.

In the beginning, God cre….er, I don’t need to go back quite that far.

When the weekly (Saturday) anti-lockdown protests began, they were pretty much entirely the province of Antifa, the far left in general, and only took place in their known hovel major cities, mostly Berlin and Hamburg, and around their own installations within those cities.  Then, Official Germany didn’t really care, only thought them a curiosity, except when a group of Antifa-types at a Hamburg event attacked the crew for a show on one of the public television networks (ZDF) that is sort of a Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert or Trevor Noah or Daily Show-ish, a mix of comedy, parody and hard news.

But then, more and more non-LWEs started joining them, including politically motivated non-LWEs of all sorts, and also a lot of normies.  Then and only then did this constant paranoid preening from Official Germany, the political and media establishment, start in, and then hit a million decibels.  It’s an order of magnitude worse than the analog situation back in America.  All day all night long, bitching about “extremists” and, as the Germans call them, “Verschwörungstheoretikern” (“conspiracy theorists” — “schwör” means “swear,” and adding “ver” in front changes its meaning to “conspiracy”).

Rewind to the previous paragraph — When these were LWE-only shindigs, extremism and conspiracy theorists weren’t problems.  But once everyone else jumped in, they suddenly became problems, including at least perfunctorily the left-wingers.

I believe the real root of establishmentarian contempt for the suddenly heterodox anti-lockdown protest movement is their fear that at least to some degree, normies and “extremists” will start communicating with each other, and start realizing that they perhaps have more in common with each other than they realized, and then start seeing through the “Spektrum” (lit:  “spectrum,” but contextually, sometimes used as a pejorative for the sometimes cooperation of the “mainstream” parties against “extremism” in the same way Americans use Republocrats or Brits use Liblabcon).

If that’s their fear, then they don’t have much to worry about.  Because the very reason which they shouldn’t is the same reason why the heterodox anti-lockdown protests, as well as a new political party organized in its spirit, “Widerstand 2020” (“Resistance”), isn’t long for this country.  It’s because they’re organized around a temporal event.  Once this virus is no longer a worry, then all this will be swept away, and for the most part, everything will be back to “normal,” with some “new normal” provisos.  Aside from the fact that this Resistance party I think is nothing more than a massive online trolling game, with no real there there.

However, in the meantime, and this is something I should have figured out a few days ago, the way the establishment in this country is putting the damper on the heterodox anti-lockdown protest movement is by constantly whining about extremists and conspiracy theorists.  The purpose of doing that is to try to scare off “respectable” people from even attending, because they don’t want to be associated with extremists and conspiracy theorists.  I think The Empire Striking Back here will soon cross the Atlantic, so if you’re in the United States and organizing similar public theater, be warned and be on the lookout for it.  We’ll see what next Saturday brings, to see if this strategy is successful in its aims, but it has already created a climate of eliminationism against the protests — In the overnight before the rally in Stuttgart on Saturday, someone threw explosive charges into three vans full of electronic equipment that was supposed to be used at the event.

However, my point still stands, that whatever establishment treachery they can pull will be obviated by Covid-19 naturally or via vaccine/herd immunity wearing itself out.

George Spins Us Right Round Like a Record

15 05 2020


Around ten to fifteen years ago, Soros whore front organizations in the United States mounted an astroturf campaign, whining that anyone who disagreed with an American Federal judge and/or his or her decisions (i.e. left wing ones) was in reality conspiring to assassinate said judge(s).  It’s why, for awhile, I didn’t name most sitting judges on this medium, though as time went on, I loosened up on that.

Fast forward to about two weeks ago and move to a different continent.

The German Federal Constitutional Court, basically the Supreme Court, issued a ruling against the details of a Federal government bond purchasing scheme in concert with the European Central Bank, relating to a continent-wide pandemic-induced recession recovery and bailout plan.

And guess who is personally raging against the ruling and the judges who made it?  Beyond the hypocrisy of it all, I take his stuck pig squealing as proof that he stood to benefit.

Just a Hunch

25 02 2020


I’ve made it to my undisclosed location (not Volkmarsen) safe and sound.

But I just wanted to chime in really quickly on this Volkmarsen incident, in northern Hesse, the car driving into a Carnival crowd.

From things I’ve been hearing and reading, my hunch is that the suspect, 29-year old “M. R.,” is a non-Muslim but non-white, who did it for racial reasons.

Hamburger Helper

22 02 2020


I was going to write this my post on the election outcome for Hamburg city-state the day after, and my associated thoughts over the past two weeks, but since the outcome and the resultant consequences look to be pretty predictable and drama-free, I’m doing it now on Saturday morning.  Late tomorrow or Monday, I’ll fill in the actual results and any additional commentary if necessary, as a comment to this post.


When I was a mere tourist in this country, we spent two days in this city, June 9 and 10, 2018, to be precise.  On the first day, I saw Black Lives Matter window signs (in English) at two different points.  That’s all I needed to know what kind of city Hamburg is.   I already knew from experience that BLM signs are the province of the pathologically altruistic virtue signaling white liberal.

So when I actually moved to Germany that fall, I dreaded the idea of coming back here, even though I knew I would have to at some point.  By more than a year ago, I already knew that I’d be here now, Good Lord willing and the crick didn’t rise, (apropos, because the Elbe River at Hamburg is well over flood stage right now), for the election cycle for the city-state of Hamburg (“Freihansestadt” meaning “Free Hanseatic City”) this month, with actual voting being tomorrow.

And I already knew in my bones, even before being told this before coming here, to expect a lot of logistical problems, due to the city’s political climate.  I was told to expect a situation where events that were/are some combination of open, public, pre-announced, would have to be held outside the city limits, while events that were/are some combination of private, ad-hoc, could be held in the city.  And that certainly came true.  Both today’s public pre-election rally and tomorrow’s watch party will be held outside the city, on the Schweig-Holstein side.  Just about all of Hamburg that matters is north of the Elbe, on the same side as SH;  South of the river is the state of Niedersachsen (“Lower Saxony”).  It’s like Washington, D.C. is on the “Maryland” side and Virginia is on the other side of the Potomac.  The public events that can’t be held in the city itself are better held in SH rather than NS, because you don’t have to cram across a bridge to cross the river.  Hamburg traffic is bad enough, as it is — It’s the worst normal daily basis traffic I’ve ever experienced.

Not helping matters was that, during the latter half of this past week, Antifa mildly, but thankfully not severely, vandalized the private residences of two different AfD candidates on the ballot.  Wouldn’t be Hamburg without ’em.


But, through it all, and in spite of all that, I’m going to leave this city on Tuesday not quite hating it to the red hot level that I did two weeks ago.  It’s because I got to see its normal sane side, its sensible people, and its well kept secrets.

Still, if my choice is “go to Hamburg” or “X,” then I’m picking “X” about 99.99% of the time.   It’s just that, when I do have to come back again, I don’t be dreading it as if I was having to undergo dental surgery without numbing drugs.


One day during this past week, I had some free time, and, being an old math nerd from way back, just not good enough ever to be a professional mathematician, I took a day trip upstream along the Elbe, but in a long cut because flooding closed the riverfront roads at various points, to the town of Dannenberg.  I already told you that, and I said that I did it to make John Derbyshire jealous.  None of you got it, so I’ll fill in the blanks — Nearby Breselenz is the native city of Bernhard Riemann, of the Riemann Hypothesis.  Of course, John Derbyshire wrote the definitive book about the as-yet unproven Riemann Hypothesis for the non-nerd.  There is a monument to him on the grounds of a Calvinist church in the village, and the church’s official address is along a street name for him, Riemannstraße.

It’s something I figured I’d better do, while I was in the neighborhood.

You may be asking:  How can someone who got a perfect 800 on the math SAT not be good enough to be a professional mathematician?  I’ll explain it this way:  Get everyone who has ever aced the math SAT in a room.   Then give them an even harder math SAT.  On that test, I wouldn’t get a perfect 800, but among those that do, split them out and get them into another room.  Then give them an even harder math SAT, and the ones among them that get a perfect 800 can be professional mathematicians.  Or, to put it another way, only the nerds’ nerds’ nerds can work at Google.  Alternatively, read this.

In spite of me leaving math behind a long time ago, the Riemann pilgrimage stirred up some nerdy memories.


Now, back to more pedestrian mathematics, the party brass has 10% as our realistic ceiling.  However, with the baselines of 6.1% in 2015’s city-state, 7.8% in the 2017 Federals, and 6.5% in last year’s MEPs, anything that beats 7.8% is going to be satisfying.  Whatever our team’s gain is from five years ago, we’re anticipating that about half will come from CDU bleeding out, the other half from new voters.

Currently, Hamburg’s government is an SPD+Green coalition.  Five years ago, the SPD got 48%, the Greens 12%, so that was the easy coalition.  It looks like, as has been the recent trend all over this country, the SPD will bleed out to the Greens a whole lot, but both combined will still get a majority, albeit a closer to 50 than 60 sort of thing.  However, it means that the Freihansestadt will still have an SPD+Green government.


These electoral affairs determine who gets to govern in one of my very favorite buildings of public administration from an architectural standpoint, that being Hamburger Rathaus, aka Hamburg City Hall.

I might also add that, because Hamburg is both a city and a state, the issue base for these elections is predictably way more urban-centric than a usual sort of state.  Pollution, the environment, green space, and as far as the AfD’s case, linking that to immigration-driven population growth.  Like I said, Hamburg’s is the worst daily basis traffic I’ve ever experienced, and while all state governments deal with traffic, it’s a bigger political thing here, and of course, immigration makes it worse.  Beyond immigration, it’s so bad because it’s the most dense major German city over the urbanized footprint.  Also for the fact that Hamburg is, like I said, a city far more for the white liberal pandering crowd, rather than for mystery meat immigrants themselves.  In spite of the fact that you may remember that a big chunk of 9/11 was planned here.


Humorous note:  The geographical license plate code for Hamburg is HH, meaning Hanse Hamburg (“Hanseatic Hamburg”).  Of course, you know what else it means, and I’ve already told you that it on a license plate ruffles some feathers.  I’m therefore wondering how much longer HH will be permitted, especially since “H” is not currently used.


Housekeeping note:  Expect no posting here for awhile, and activity my social feeds to be rather sparse.  After I leave here on Tuesday, I’ve got some very important personal business at hand, pun fully intended.


The Usual Advice

20 02 2020


When I woke up this morning and saw what happened, and saw that it happened at a Hookah bar and near Frankfurt, I narrowed it down to two possibilities:

(1) Clan or mafia type violence

(2) White nutbar, probably lone wolf/accelerationist

I highly doubted religion of peace, because just shooting up a hookah bar isn’t their M.O.

The world now knows which one it is.

And as usual, my standard fare advice stands:  Ignore his manifesto.  Because I know it’s floating around out there in a thousand different places.  And certainly keep his name out of your mouth if you happen to find out.

Art Is Life

18 02 2020


A fairly accurate depiction of the Autobahns in populated areas of western Germany on most Saturdays.  Click to enlarge.

All I can hope is that they saved me a copy.

It’s Okay to Be a German Bus Driver

18 12 2019


Of course he got fired.

Remember, there’s a Nazi emergency in this city.

UPDATE 2/3: From Bad Schandau, Switzerland, today.


It’s Officially Weihnachtsmarkt Season

10 12 2019


It was only a matter of which one and how.

And it happened on Sunday at one of the ‘Markets in Augsburg.

While I and everyone else was anticipating religion of peace or truck of peace, it turned out to be more of a mahogany mob.  A gang of seven “youths,” ages 17 to 20, five of them have significant Turkish ancestry.  And they ganged up on a firefighter, beat him up, and wound up killing him.  The Einzelfall Brigade is out in full force, and we’re also hearing (translated) that it was a “fight,” so you all know what that means, on several levels.

As if to add insult to injury, the day after, in Munich, a cop got stabbed in the back, but not killed.  The doer in that case is a 30-year old actual German, who is all the time in and out of mental hospitals.  Needless to say, it was not a kind two-day stretch in Bavaria.

Also, and this was the worst-timed news in the world, a landlord in Augsburg had to pay a fine and was so ordered by a court today, because he wanted to rent only to Germans in his advertisement, and turned down someone from Burkina Faso in the process.  Said landlord said he has always had a lot of problems with drug dealing Turks as tenants, but the judge said (translated) that “individuals commit crimes, not groups.”  Of course, that sword only has one sharp edge.

Dynamic Death Spiral

22 11 2019


A few of you e-mailed me what you thought was yesterday’s big news, about what was found out about the Berlin Christmas Market truck driver of peace three years ago.

I’ve known about almost all of it for more than a year.

The only thing that yesterday added to the mix was that it confirmed what we already suspicioned, that the Obama Administration knew that this TDoP was a pidgeon, and put pressure on Merkel and her Interior Minister of the time (trivia:  A first cousin of the only truly democratically elected head of state in East Germany’s history), to prevent German law enforcement from arresting his terrorist plotting.

To me, the interesting thing about all this is looking at it from a high perch, and seeing not only the folly in the invade the world invite the world paradigm, but now also seeing how “invade the world” and “invite the world” feed off of each other to create a dynamic death spiral.  Doing one means being dragged into the other, and eventually, the dynamo gets going, and both are used as reasons to keep on doing the other.  We have to invite the world so that the people we import supposedly helps our ability to invade the world or smooths over the geopolitics of invading the world, and we have to invade the world because the world we invited did things like ram trucks into Christmas markets, so we invade the world out of revenge.  But not after inviting more of the world we’re invading, because we need Arabic translators, or something.


19 11 2019

Your Blogmeister’s German Desk

For the rest of the world, it’s No Nut November.  Except for me;  Necessity forced me to do it last month.

In this country?  Quite the opposite:  It’s Gruppenvergewaltigungnovember.  Gang Rape November.

Since the beginning of the month, and the final three of these were just over this past weekend, there were “migration background” led gang rapes in Ulm (trivia:  Albert Einstein’s native city), Meiningen (rural southwestern Thuringia), Düsseldorf (next berg downstream from me), and Chemnitz (site of the August-September 2018 murder of Daniel H. by a refugee and the subsequent patriotic uprising).


10 11 2019


November 9, 1989 is for Germans what November 22, 1963 and September 11, 2001 is for Americans.

The “where were you and what were you doing when you learned that…” moment.  The main difference is that JFK and 9/11 were immediate flash events;  The fall of the Berlin Wall, or more accurately, East German authorities no longer enforcing out-travel restrictions as of the evening of November 9, 1989, had a lot that needed to happen before it could happen, and then a lot of things happened as a result of it.

I’ve already gone over the Cliffs Notes of the history.  Except I should have mentioned something then, that I figured out in the car on the way to Berlin night before last as we zoomed by the old Helmstedt-Marienborn Inner German Border checkpoint, and yes, during the summer voyage summer before last, I saw the museum and remnants at that spot.  November 9, 1989 didn’t immediately abolish the Inner German Border — That didn’t happen formally until July 1 of the next year;  The CDU government headed by Lothar de Maizière elected in the DDR in March of the next year in the DDR’s only genuinely democratic elections needed to happen, and then his government abolished the Inner German Border security, and of course his government was just the placeholder for the DDR’s part in negotiating “German reunification,” i.e. the DDR being abolished and its territory joining the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (colloquially “West Germany” until 1990) per Article 23 of the Bundesrepublik’s Basic Law.

I was 12 years old and in the 7th grade on that day, and my teachers and most of my classmates followed along with the daily series of events, because we all knew this was big history happening right in front of our faces.

My girlfriend was only two and a half years old, her sister nine months old, her brother-in-law three months old, that day, so this could not have been a “where were you and what were you doing” moment for them.  My g/f’s father was 31 and her mother 27 on that day, so the next time I see one or both of them, (we’ll be motoring on outta here very shortly, but we won’t get back to Cologne in time for me to join them all for Sunday Rinderbraten), I’ll ask them where they were and what were they doing.

Just in the past year, I’ve been to the centennial of the Armistice of World War I in Compiègne last November 11, the 75th anniversary of D-Day at Omaha Beach back on June 6, and then, yesterday, here.  That’s one of the perks of this job, being here to be party to significant anniversaries of some big events and right where they happened.

And if you would have told 12-year old me on November 9, 1989, that I would be right there on site at the 30th anniversary commemoration of this event, I would have told you you were crazy.


There was a big disconnect between the way the German, American and international media portrayed the bittersweet nature of the day, and the attitude of most people on the ground about the bittersweet nature of the day.

The only thing in common between the two sides is the bittersweet mentality.

The disconnect is really easy to explain:

The media and political establishment thought that 30 years ago Saturday leading up to the day after Christmas 1991, the formal dissolution of the Soviet Union, was the process which meant the Fukuyamaite “end of history.”  But in the generation since then, the promise of utopian liberal democracy has been unrealized, and is now being set back by those white populists and nationalists who stubbornly continue to take their own side.  The German media in particular also used the day as another opportunity to squeal about the lingering east-west divide.

Germans on the ground in Berlin on Saturday were bittersweet, because the grassroots mentality starting 30 years ago Saturday and peaking on the day of formal reunification the next year was that, now, finally, the Russians and Americans would take their troops and go home, and Germany could finally become genuinely independent and a true global power and maybe even superpower, and at the very least, quit being a vassal-client of either.  In that time, obviously the Russians left in very short order, mainly because the USSR proper was itself on its last leg.  But American disengagement from Germany has been a much more slow process, and still to this day not consummated.  While the American military footprint in Germany has been declining, what has not abated is American soft power.  Yes, I know I write that rather unironically.

To wit, and as a very small example:  The new Reagan statue debuted on Friday very near the exact spot where Reagan stood on the high podium to deliver the “Tear Down This Wall” address.  While JFK is openly honored about two miles southwest of that point, at the old West Berlin City Hall, the site of “Ich Bin Ein Berliner,” (and miss me with the jelly donut nonsense, that’s fake news), the reason why the Reagan statue there and now rubs Germans a little bit of the wrong way is because Americans are continuing to use Germany for American political ends, when by now, they thought we would have been long gone.

So that basically sums up the disconnect.  Politicians and the media are upset that populism and nationalism still exist, while grassroots Germans are upset that Germany is still an American vassal-client.



3 11 2019


A non-existent political party got the Dresden City Council to declare officially a Nazi emergency, back on Wednesday.


I highly suspect a /pol/ style massive epic troll operation.

And also, where’s Kurt Vonnegut when you need him?

Note:  Dresden is Germany’s hub for internet startups, so you can probably see how Dresden’s urban political culture is way different from the state of Saxony, and Dresden is the state’s capital.  The AfD finished in first place in the state in the 2017 Bundestag and 2019 MEP, and I’ve already told you why it wasn’t the same for the 2019 Landtag.  State governments in Germany have most of the say when it comes to education and law enforcement, so state government elections are considered more high stakes than the Bundestag or MEP.

Farewell to the Meadow Baths

31 10 2019


It’s all over but the crying, all the doctors have been seen.  I had four, count ’em, four, doctors to see yesterday:  My post-rehab exit assessment, the GP, the allergist and the endocrinologist.

My gracious residential hosts for the summer and fall have been thanked, so also vice versa.

All my bags are packed.

In a few hours, I catch a train back to Cologne for good. In as much as anything really is for good.

Wiesbaden as a city really suits me well and fits my hand like a comfortable glove. And it’s not just because what I told you months ago, that I now believe this general area is the epicenter of my German ancestry, which in turn is the supermajority of my ethnic constitution.

It’s because Wiesbaden mashes up some of the good features of several large and well known German cities without having much if all of their bad sides.

It’s serious without being tense. (Yes, Cologne, I’m looking at you). It’s cerebral without being a total Babelian flophouse. (Yes, Frankfurt, I’m looking at you). It’s prosperous and content without being that weird combination of haughty and naive. (Yes, Munich, I’m looking at you). And it’s fun without being hedonistic. (Yes, Berlin, I’m looking at you).

One reason that can be true is that, while Wiesbaden, and cross-the-river Mainz, have their own caches, their own histories, their own anchors, and they’re both the capitals of their respective states, they have also become de facto suburbs of Frankfurt;  People that have to work in but don’t want to live in the Babelian flophouse and instead want to live in towns that are at least somewhat actually German will live in and commute to and from either.

Let me put it in another way, one that St. Louisans will get: Get four extra grown St. Louisans who aren’t either relatives or close friends in a car, in St. Louis, of course, and you have to pick a radio station. Of course it’s going to be 102.5, because it makes the most people the most adequately satisfied most of the time, while offending the fewest possible people for as short of a time as possible, and therefore unlikely much to bother anyone in the car. Wiesbaden is the KEZK of German cities.

If the job wasn’t in Cologne or The Region in general, but it had to be in western Germany, I’d be living here in Wiesbaden permanently. But, the job is in The Region, so there I shall return in a matter of hours.  But at least I’ve got a whole lot of personal drama there waiting for me. Oh how I hope that when I get back that I see that these two and a half months going by has made that sister of hers forget about the silly notion that she has a shot at me, but something tells me that shaking her is not going to be that easy.  As far as my actual girlfriend, I’ll soon find out how well our relationship has held up after a whole month of not seeing each other at all, and after five months of only intermittently seeing each other.  The answers to both I shall know before October officially flips to November.

Since going to D-Day in early June and now, I was only in Cologne for the few days after getting back from D-Day to pack to head here to Wiesbaden for the start of rehab, then those two short stays before and after going to Potsdam in the second half of August, the earlier of the two is when the g/f took me home to meet the family, which unfortunately also included her sister.  Just about five whole months, I think I forgot what Cologne even looks like.  I hope it’s still there.  Even though they say Bielefeld isn’t actually there…but I digress.

You may be wondering why my whole summer and early fall rehab was in Wiesbaden, why I couldn’t do it in Cologne. And why my regular doctors are here. That’s a question I can’t answer in public. As usual, you know the drill, I’ll tell you only if I know and trust you;  for everyone else, I could tell you, but then I’d have to…

Anyway, farewell to the Meadow (“Wiese”) Baths (“Baden”), for now.  But I’ll be back…with my next doctor’s appointment, if not before for some other reason.

We’ll meet again in Spaceballs 2:  The Search For More Money.

A Mild and Pleasant Surprise

28 10 2019


Halfway through the year, we all knew that Thuringia would be our weakest state of the three that would be going in the second half of 2019.

So when we only finished in second in Brandenburg and Saxony back on September 1, mainly due to the first place finishing parties in both states busing in old women, and Operation Chaos style operations relating to Green Party voters, and then combined with what happened in nearby Halle just 16 days before election day here, the brain trust here was ready for at best finishing in a strong third.  Much of the polling even suggested that.

The second place we got was therefore a mild and pleasant surprise.

Now some relatively random thoughts:

(1)  ARD’s projection was Linke 29.5, AfD 24, CDU 22.5.  The final numbers were Linke 31, AfD 23.4, CDU 21.8.

Back on 9/1, ARD overshot the first place finishers in both states and undershot us.  This time, just the opposite.

Also, the 23.4 we actually got overperformed almost all of the pre-ED polling.

(2)  Obviously, you can figure out who had the biggest gain, and it represents a doubling and a quarter.  The CDU was the biggest loser, it bled out more than a third of its 2014 voters — As late as 1999, the CDU won an absolute majority in the state.  In spite of scandals, Die Linke gained a noticeable share.

(3)  Overall turnout was way higher yesterday over 2014, and when the twisted ribbon graphic was officially released today, it confirmed my guess that we were going away the leading party for new voters.  Predictably, most non-voters in 2014 were non-voters yesterday, and in fact, there were more 2014 non-voters that either died or moved out of the state than 2014 non-voters who voted this year for Linke, the second-place finisher among 2014 non-voters who voted yesterday.

(4)  The reason Die Linke was able to gain in spite of scandals is because around a third of people who voted for the other two major left-of-center parties, the SPD or the Greens, four years ago, switched over to Linke, probably for Operation Chaos reasons.  Even though I saw that a significant percentage of Linke voters in 2014 died before yesterday.

(5)  The SPD had the largest percentage share of its 2014 migrate to death this year.

(6)  Our team’s biggest source of newbies was from the non-voting universe, obviously, but the second biggest source in percentage terms were from 2014 voters who voted for “other” parties, which in German parlance means that parties that got less than 5% of the vote and therefore got no representation.

(7)  CDU is panicking today, because it put up what was in its mind a flawless leader, and still lost big ground.

The easy answer to that riddle is what I’ve been saying for months, that it’s not the personalities, it’s the fact that normiecons and normielibs are waning, because their ideologies are getting more and more irrelevant.

(8)  The outgoing governing coalition is the three left of center parties, Linke+SPD+Greens.  Because all three now have 42 out of 90 seats, that’s not possible now.

The CDU for now is promising not to touch Die Linke, mainly because Linke was the 1990 democratic reboot of the old East German Socialist Unity Party, and it’s easy to see why Christian Democrats in eastern Germany might have a lingering hostility toward them.  However, the CDU nor anyone else will touch us.

If all that holds up, then there will be no viable majority, and therefore, we’ll be doing this all again in very short order.

But I think that the CDU’s hatred of us will get the better of their chronic contempt for Die Linke, and they’ll agree to Linke+CDU.  The CDU doesn’t want a do-over here in Thuringia for the same reason it didn’t want a Federal do-over two years ago, because a do-over would put us in better shape and them in worse.

(9)  I didn’t throw a party last night like I did in Potsdam back on 9/1, because I was expecting to be headed back to Wiesbaden by now.  But the people who I drove here with and will be driving back with put it off until tomorrow.  Yesterday was clock change day through the entire European Union, so now the sun sets early now, 4:58 PM today in Erfurt, and it’s cloudy anyway as I write this coming up on 2 PM, so we won’t see the early sunset.  Tomorrow, we’ll get going at least by late morning so that we can do the entire drive in daylight hours.

If I would have known this, I would have set up a party, maybe to see if I can get a second helping of Germans singing the German lyrics to the instrumental of Free Bird.


CDU has absolutely promised not to touch either Linke or AfD.  If that promise holds up, it means new elections very soon.




24 10 2019


I’ve been following the matter, but not with great interest.  But the NYP has weighed in on the matter for Americans, so I’ll provide a little context.

Only a minority of Berliners own their homes or apartments and rent has been rising sharply in the German capital in recent years, forcing many to move outside the city.

That’s true for Germans in general.  “Schuld” as a German word translates to both “debt” and “guilt,” and that should be indicative of the fact that, traditionally, Germans have a moral aversion to financial indebtedness.  The English language has a very famous but more loose continuum between the concepts of debt and guilt.  The two different versions of those two lines of The Lord’s Prayer:  “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,” and “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”  In High German, there is only one version, because you only need one version, which means both English versions:  “Und vergib uns unsere Schuld, Wie auch wir vergeben unsern Schuldigern.”  In practical application, it means that Germans don’t want the guilt of mortgage debt.  Two different figures, 59% from Destasis, 74% from FAZ, of the percentage of Germans that rent their primary residential domiciles, but either way, it’s much higher than the United States.

As far as rising rents in Berlin, (and every other German city that has at least some modicum of prosperity), that’s a combination of immigration, and in Berlin’s case, the fact that national government functionality is slowly but surely consolidating there.  In fact, there are now serious legs under the proposal to close either the primary or secondary Federal agencies that are still in Bonn, (their being there was part of the necessary political skid greasing to get the Bundestag of a newly reunited Germany to approve the vote to move the capital back to Berlin in 1990, and it didn’t even legally happen until 1999), and move everything lock stock and barrel to Berlin.  Which of course will make the rent problem even worse there.


The city had been a low-rent mecca after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 opened the gates to the economically depressed former communist east of the city.

That gave rise to an influx of artists and others seeking a more bohemian way of life.

And it was why Berlin was one of the world’s great party cities indicative of Western-wide Generation X party culture in the 1990s and the Aughts until the economic crisis, and why Berlin was responsible for an outsize share of the club music of the era in the worldwide context.  Now, Berlin is “fun” in terms of being hedonistic.  As far as that goes, it’s just Back to the Future — Berlin in the Weimar Era and even in the pre-WWI late Imperial Era was that way.

I’m personally indifferent about Berlin, and because of that, I’m glad I don’t have to live there.  By all geographic rights, a city that big has no business being right there where it is.  But it’s there, I can assure you.  Unlike all the conspiracy theories about Bielefeld not actually existing.  Berlin shouldn’t be there, because it’s not along a major river, the river that goes through it is a tributary of the Elbe, (the Spree River in Berlin is about half the width as the Meramec River through Arnold), and it’s not along a sea coast.  But for Berlin actually being there, it would be in the middle of nowhere;  The German Federal state that surrounds it today, Brandenburg, where I was two months ago for that state’s election season, is sparsely populated outside of Potsdam, and Potsdam itself is getting spillover growth from Berlin as you just read, because of the rent crunch.

The only reason things popped off the way they did is for reasons I still don’t understand, (my off top guess is that sea coast capitals were sitting ducks for naval invasions), the Prussians moved their capital from Königsberg way inland to the damn all middle of nowhere Berlin (then just a mid-sized sort of town) in the early 18th century, the former city was actually along a sea coast.  Then, because the Prussian state was the spine of a unified Germany post-1871, Berlin got to be the capital of the unified German Empire, and it exploded in size from there.  Then again, if just going inland was the the objective, I don’t understand why the Prussians didn’t pick an already larger more established inland city within Prussian territory that had the double benefit of being along a more major river, the Elbe, and one that’s not far from present-day Berlin, that city being Magdeburg.  Which is why it was larger to begin with, precisely because it was along the Elbe.

Through it all, the fact remains that price floors and price ceilings merely mask real economic conditions and then create new problems.  Minimum wages or maximum rents, same problems.

Miet = Rent;  Deck(-e-l) = Cap, Cover, Top, Lid, Blanket, Ceiling

Be Very Very Very Afraid

20 10 2019


The last time she said something like this, it was a mere five years later she swung the borders wide open.

And we know that Erdogan has several million in the starting gates waiting for him to ring the bell, and we’re off to the races.

Note that what Merkel said wasn’t a nationalist argument, it was a normiecon argument, and it used to be a normielib argument.  Merkel isn’t apologizing for letting ’em in, or stating that her predecessors made a mistake by doing so.  She’s merely complaining that Germans and immigrants aren’t happily singing lovey dovey song tunes together at the same time the immigrants aren’t superficially adopting the traditional elements of German culture and society.

Both nationalists and normiecons are or can be opposed to multiculturalism, but the why is much different.


The Fast and the Furious

20 10 2019


I didn’t pay much attention to this last week, because I knew it wasn’t going to go anywhere.  How it even got 126 affirmative votes is a mystery, though it isn’t:  They are generally from urban districts whose constituents don’t do a lot of driving.  But even those 126 probably only voted Yea because they knew it would lose big time.  If it was ever perceived to be a close matter, most of those 126 would vote No.

But here’s the real reason why I knew it had no legs:

It’s because I know these are one of the very few bridges too far that German state power can’t cross.

If ten Germans and ten Americans are standing around at a crosswalk along a road that’s controlled by a traffic signal for the drivers, and a pedestrian signal for the pedestrians, and it’s clear that there are no cars coming and none will be coming for hours, the Americans will cross against the light, while the Germans will hit the button and wait for the pedestrian green.  Germans, and Europeans in general, have a hard baked in obedience to state power, mainly because they had to be that way, due to the continent’s long history of internal and external military invasions.  It was either obey the state or see a conventional foreign army wipe out your whole tribe or nation.

This is where American libertarians get it dead wrong about the NSDAP regime in this country:  Their argument is that their atrocities were entirely a function of their having the power to carry them out.  The reality is that even today’s relatively weak “Bundesrepublik” has enough power to do another Holocaust if it wanted;  Ask, and it shall receive.  The reason it won’t is because the post-Nazi response hasn’t been to weaken the state to where it does not have the power, because then it wouldn’t be a state at all, and such as it is, continental European public political psychology wouldn’t put up with a state being that weak, but to make sure that nobody who does or has any legitimate chance of acquiring state power has anything approaching the desire to do it.

That said, even state-obsequious Germans will rebel if the state wanted to:

(1)  Ban soccer

(2)  Tax its way to more expensive sausages (which, incidentally, the Greens are calling for, see my footnote)

(3)  Enact universal Autobahn speed limits


Such as it is, the Hessian state already did a universal speed limit trial run quite a few years ago, and found really no decrease in carbon output or pollution.

The problem, though, is that the whole conversation is getting to be almost a moot point.

This article makes you think the whole entire Autobahn system has no speed limits.  There are posted speed limits when traffic volumes warrant them.  And, as of right now, barely more than half the system’s mileage (kilometerage?) is speed limit free, and the percentage is declining over time.  So, almost half of the system has so much traffic that you need speed limits, and when you’re in cities, they’re so crowded that not having one wouldn’t matter.  On Saturdays, in urban western Germany, the Turks and other mystery meat with their wedding parties or other reasons clog them up, either with drag racing, rolling gun battles, or slow showing-off caravans.

But even in the no speed limit areas, for the most part, there’s just too much traffic to go really that fast that safely.  Because German drivers have better lane and spacing discipline than Americans, it means more people can drive at higher speeds more safely, a higher total throughput.  The 85th percentile (+1SD) speed for six lane (three per side) non-urbanized area no posted speed limit Autobahns is 92 mph.  From what I’ve witnessed, that statistic isn’t a lie, and I also think the standard deviation is rather narrow.

Still, too many cars even in the middle of nowhere to do something like floor your Vette to 150 or higher, not safe for that at all.


You may have heard that the Greens want to tax meat at 19% to save the Earth.

The misunderstanding there is that they’re not proposing to tax it at 19% from a beginning standpoint of nothing.

The way Germany’s VAT, “Mehrwertsteuer” (MwSt) works is that most goods that are subject to it get a 19% rate.  But some goods, including fresh meat, get a reprieve of a special reduced rate of 7%.  The Greens just want to move fresh meat from the special reduced category to the normal category.